Donna Huanca was born in Chicago in 1980, and she lives and works in Berlin. Huanca studied at Städelschule in Frankfurt. Her artistic practice displays her sensitivity to the body and in particular the skin, which is simultaneously the surface on which our individuality is inscribed and the medium through which we experience the world. By infusing human-like qualities into her sculptures and paintings, and exposing painted naked bodies in her performance works, Huanca further questions wider notions of gender, identity, and culture.
Huanca’s recent solo exhibitions include Piedra Quemada at Belvedere Museum, Vienna (2018) and Cell Echo at Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2018). Huanca’s work is held in collections worldwide, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Zabludowicz Collection, London; Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles; Rubell Family Collection, Miami; Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing; Yuz Museum, Shanghai; David Roberts Arts Foundation, London; Belvedere Museum, Vienna; and Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris. She was the recipient of DAAD Artist Grant and Fulbright scholarship.
Photo: Courtesy of Peres Projects, Berlin; photographer: Tobias Willmann